Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Museum of Nature, Ottawa

 It says Victoria Memorial Museum, but it has been called the Museum of Nature for a long time.  Whatever it's called, it is a lovely museum that focuses on the animals, birds, fish and minerals of Canada.  Aren't the moose heads over the doors wonderful?

 The stained glass windows on the left and right feature birds.(click on photo for full width)

The last panel to the right in this set is a bit hard to see but it is a bird (peregrine falcon, maybe?) catching a fish. (click here, too)

The middle panel from the outside and looking out from the inside.  The far panels picture music and painting but I'm not sure what the middle panels are about. (click)

The museum has four floors and a basement level.  This was taken from the second floor balcony.  Each floor has two wings dedicated to a specific topic, and the centre is an open stairway.

 The wooly mammoths are life-size sculptures on the west side of the museum. (Sorry about the lousy picture quality-we were driving).
I have been to this museum several times, but I wanted to go this time to see a large exhibit of rocks and minerals.  They were amazing and there are photos to prove it, but next time I'll share some pics of the mammal and bird areas which are also great.  The rocks will be the grand finale.

1 comment:

  1. I've been to Ottawa many times, and visited a number of museums...but not this one. Thanks for sharing! I'll have to check it out the next time I get a chance to visit friends there.